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Suspended between the leisurely and the lethargic, slow-burn romance “Late Autumn” revolves around an unlikely crossing of paths between a female convict on temporary leave and a frivolous young gigolo. Latest remake of a 1966 Korean classic, Tae-Yong Kim’s (“Family Ties”) film is cleanly shot and devoid of cheap sentimentality. Yet the gradually lightening tone can’t much leaven a long sit that doesn’t necessarily reward patience. Stateside-shot S. Korea production looks to be a commercial longshot overseas, despite the marquee value of “Love, Caution’s” Wei Tang and Korean tube heartthrob Bin Hyeon.

Having emigrated from China as a child, Anna’s (Tang) adult ill fortunes culminate in her killing an abusive husband. After seven years’ imprisonment she’s allowed 72 hours to attend a parent’s Seattle funeral. On the bus en route, she gets unwanted attention from brash Hoon (Hyeon). Later after the funeral, the two accidentally meet again. Meanwhile, stubbornly carefree Hoon shrugs off word that a client’s jealous husband wants him dead. Tang plays the lead as withdrawn to a monotonous fault; Hyeon is livelier, but one never quite buys these characters’ attraction to one another. Pacing is pokey, packaging smooth.

Late Autumn

South Korea

  • Production: A Boram Entertainment/MandFC production in association with Film Workshop, M&FC, North by Northwest Entertainment. (International sales: Boram Entertainment, Seoul.) Produced by Jooick Lee, Nansun Shi, Cho Sung-woo. Executive producers, Steven Nam, Yong Duk Kim, Rich Cowan, Michael Peyser. Co-producer, Eunjung Yoo. Directed by Tae-Yong Kim. Screenplay, Kim, based on the original 1966 screenplay by Ji-Hyeon Kim.
  • Crew: Camera (color, widescreen, HD-to-35), Kim Woo Hyung; editors, Steve Choe, Jin Lee; music, Sung Woo Cho; production designer, Ryu Seong Hi; art diretcor, Trae King; set decorator, Rachel Thomson; costume designers, Sankyung Cho, Ronald Leamon. Reviewed at Toronto Film Festival (Contemporary World Cinema), Sept. 19, 2010. Running time: 113 MIN.
  • With: With: Wei Tang, Bin Hyeon. (English, Korean, Mandarin dialogue)
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